Mr. Bean has a house and a good car, but all he does is funny things and nothing else. How does he get paid to buy food, electricity and clothing?

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    An old Mini wasn't (certainly at the time) considered a, "Good car." Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 6:38
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    “all he does is funny things and nothing else” — there are 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year. You don't know what Mr Bean does most of the time. They don't show his diligent 12-hour working days on TV, they're much less entertaining. Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 9:20
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    Mr. Bean is a front. He's actually Johnny English by night, the MI7 pays him well for his services. Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 13:37

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He works. According to Wikipedia in the first film adaptation he has a job as a guard at an art-gallery in London.

“In the first film adaptation, Bean, ‘Mr.’ appears on his passport in the ‘first name’ field, and he is shown employed as a guard at London’s National Gallery.”

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    @RobertSsupportsMonicaCellio: and as we know, no-one could possibly have a job for seven years. Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 9:21
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    He must surely know Rowan Atkinson quite well; possibly the latter lends him money now and then. Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 10:37
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    The main point is that the character works. The question postulates that he only does "funny things and nothing else" .... the movie shows that he does indeed (try) to hold down jobs.
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 12:53
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    I know Mr Bean is internationally famous, but I wonder if people realise just how many Brits find him intensely annoying? Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 13:16
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    @iandotkelly Luckily you have the likes of Monty Python to balance it out.
    – Barmar
    Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 14:17

We don't know much about his profession and income at the time of where the "Mr. Bean" TV series was recorded (1990-1995).

In the "Bean" film, he has worked as a guard at London's National Gallery (1997). Maybe he already got the job before back in 1990? Maybe.

Currently, he turned a Youtuber where he does some silly things, like making some real strange tutorials and bringing out some new crazy records.

He promote some well-priced merchandise products like T-shirts and also website creation with Wix.

Not to mention the income from the commercials posts blend in at each video.

That's probably enough to make a nice living in his flat in Highbury.

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    The "Youtuber doing silly things" idea makes me think, he must have made a fortune from "You've Been Framed" !
    – komodosp
    Commented Aug 13, 2020 at 15:59
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    You know Mr. Bean is a fictional character right? And that the YT videos (which Rowan Atkinson himself obviously didn't upload there himself), the merch etc. are all making the studios and Atkinson money, not Bean?
    – paddotk
    Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 7:22
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    @colmde Shouldn't that be "You've Bean Framed"? Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 8:02
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    @paddotk Given that the official Mr. Bean youtube channel is so strange, I'm going to assume it is a parody and meant to seem ran by the character Mr. Bean, sort of like a satire. So yes, that is how Mr. Bean makes money. Commented Aug 14, 2020 at 15:08
  • @paddotk Who is Rowan Atkinson and which studios? I only see some reality documentation about a man called Bean, born without prename. ;-) Commented Aug 15, 2020 at 10:22

One of the funny things about Bean is that, as weird as he is, he is at times incredibly competent. For example, in this clip he measures a hole in the wall basically by eyeballing it, and later when he cuts a patch, the patch is precisely correct. It fits perfectly.

So while I don't know exactly what his job is (and I imagine it changes from time to time as he screws things up), it appears he does indeed possess useful skills.


Mr. Bean also had a stint as a politician, once being elected a Member of Parliament for the independent "Bean" party.

A few other sketches hint at other possible jobs - in the first episode, "Mr Bean", he is attending a maths exam, possibly hinting at a need to gain a maths qualification for some reason. In the unaired sketch "The Library" he is copying a page from a rare tome in a library. Of course, these could both be simply other interests of his rather than related to work.


In The Royal Premiere (Episode 2, Act 3), Mister Bean is shown to work at a prestigious cinema. Though it's unlikely he kept that job after headbutting the queen.

  • Came here to post this after remembering seeing the Q and happen to be rewatching this episode - it’s rather unspecific what his role in the premiere is from the on screen stuff - he might even have worked on the film or been in it! Commented Sep 6, 2020 at 19:36

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